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Travel Safety Update - Asia / Pacific.

Apr 14, 2008

A light plane on the NSW north coast is the latest aircraft to be targeted in a laser attack. The Cessna 152 was flying over Port Macquarie about 7.25pm when the pilot noticed a bright green beam coming through the wing tip of the aircraft, police said. Police believe the laser beam was shone from a suburb south-west of Port Macquarie, near the intersection of the Oxley Highway and Major Innes Road. They are yet to find any offenders. The attack last night follows a series of similar incidents in NSW in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, a co-ordinated 15-minute attack using four green lasers forced six aircraft to change their flight paths as they approached Sydney Airport. A few days later, a laser was pointed at a Virgin Blue plane traveling from Cairns to Sydney Airport. Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus has said the government was considering increasing penalties for the crime, which now attracts a maximum two years in jail and fines of up to $30,000. NSW Police Minister David Campbell has said he was considering a ban on the laser pointers. Apr 11, 2008

Blue Wing Airlines, Antonov

Blue Wing Airlines Antonov An-28 crashed Friday after aborting a landing at an airstrip near Benzdorp in northern Suriname. All 17 passengers and two crew were killed, according to press reports and Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network. Flight departed from Paramaribo, approximately 160 mi. away. The aircraft first flew in 1990 and reportedly crashed into a hillside while circling back to land. Blue Wing did not confirm the accident on its website. As of last fall it was flying five An-28s, three Cessna 206s, one Caravan 208 and one Twin Otter. Apr 7, 2008

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